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8 Football Players Who Were Booed by Their Own Fans

With Piers Morgan calling it a ‘disgrace,’ Granit Xhaka was under fire as he told the Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ following the crowd’s booing. Unai Emergy was firm in saying that Xhaka is ‘wrong’ for doing so.

The fans booed Xhaka after it took some time for Xhaka to get out of the field after a call for substitution. He was subbed due to his lacklustre performance.

As the booing got stronger, he cupped his ear, removed his shirt, ignored Emery’s handshake, said the words and storm through the tunnel.

As a captain, the reactions of the fans, as well as the Twitterverse, were consistently against him. 

Xhaka was not the first to be booed by their owns, however.

Here are football players who received the same fate.

Jorginho (Chelsea)

While substituting Ross Barkley in a Europa League’s match against Malmo, Jorginho was booed heavily by Chelsea diehards as he approached the field. 

Although it was considered the Maurizio Sarri was behind the dislike, the fans were actually hating on Jorginho’s style of play. Other than his sideways pass, fans noted that Jorginho offers little to no excitement while playing on the field.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Bale has a string of titles and honours on his name. He may be known for his acrobatic goals. However, he struggled in one aspect: real consistency. 

In a 1-0 home defeat in a match against Barcelona, Bale was substituted in the 61st-minute mark and prompted a loud booing from the fans. 

Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

Torres has earned boos from both Chelsea faithful and that of the opponents’ supporters. His dire performance following a big-money move was behind the booing. In 172 appearances, Torrest has only netted 45 goals.

On his 100th club appearance against Swansea, Torres received relentless booing from the crowd. The crowd also went wild when Demba Ba substituted for him in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal)

Eboue was booed by the Arsenal during a Premier League match against Wigan. Arsenal was leading with 1-0, but the then head coach, Arsene Wenger decided to substitute for Eboue in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Saying that he did bad is an understatement. He tackled a teammate and gave the ball away twice. Wenger pulled him off after 9 minutes of action in the field amidst the caterwauling boos.

Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)

Ferdinand was the subject of the fans’ ridicule during the 2005 preseason friendly games. He was the star player then but was caught meeting up with Peter Kenyon, chief executive to Chelsea.

The fans concluded that Ferdinand was cooking up a move to another club. The fact that he stalled the negotiations between the Red Devils and him despite the £100,000 weekly offer.

Hossam Ghaly (Tottenham)

In May 2007, Ghaly subbed for Steed Malbranque as he sustained an injury. The substitution happened during the first half and on the second half, Ghaly was substituted for someone else. Martin Jol, the former manager of Tottenham, was not satisfied with his performance.

Ghaly took it heavily, ripping his shirt as he was getting off the pitch. He even flung it in front of Jol. The crowd immediately went into a booing frenzy. Every time he plays on the pitch since then, the fans would greet him with resounding boos.

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5 Football Players Who Retired Way Too Early

Some football legends play until they reach the ripe age of 40 years, exhausting all the possible plays they can until retirement. However, there are also football players who chose to retire earlier than expected.

‘What could have been’ are such lonely words for these players, and perhaps will never be answered.

Below are the names of players who left their fans shocked and wondering at the same time.

Zinedine Zidane

Announcing his retirement after the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Zidane retired at 34 when he still could play several more seasons. That’s despite what happened during his last-ever match, headbutting Marco Materazzi’s chest as a resort against his provocation. Zidane was sent off the game.

He moved on by becoming a manager to Real Madrid. A lot of football fans were sceptic at first before he proved them wrong. He went on to win three Championship League titles—justifying his credibility and silencing his critiques.

Eric Cantona

Cantona’s career is not one with a steady moral compass – with bans and suspensions here and there. Retiring at 30, however, he could have shown more of his style of play. Other football players look up to him because of this.

His passion for the game also stood out, highlighting the ballooning desire to play football throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Instead, he chose to retire early, putting a halt on his four Premier League titles and two FA Cups. The FWA Player of the Year awardee cited his growing lack of interest as his reason.

Jim Brown

Brown, who retired when he was only 29, played in the NFL for nine seasons, from 1957 to 1965. Throughout this relatively short, by today’s NFL standards, professional career, he amassed awards and recognitions. This made every fan muse about the sudden change of heart.

When he retired, he held the majority of the individual records. Brown was a three-time MVP and an eight-time First-Team All-Pro. He was also included in the Pro Bowl for all his playing careers. Finally, Brown was part of the All-Decade Team of the 1960s and All-Time Team for the NFL’s 75th Anniversary.

Barry Sanders

Another NFL pro who retired too soon was Sanders; he retired at only 30. Sanders was considered one of the best running backs in NFL history. To date, he still ranked the 3rd all-time best player.

Unfortunately for him, Sanders was an elite player and perhaps the only one on his team. He did not receive the support that he was supposed to be getting on the field. Despite that, he was the 1997 MVP. Then, he chose to retire to focus on other important things.

Mia Hamm

Hamm retired when she was only 32, and no one was happy seeing her leave football. She scored 158 goals in her 275 games, which only proved that she could have done more should she stayed playing football.

Hamm has two World Cup titles and four NCAA Championship titles. She was also a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

 

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10 Most Decorated Football Players of All Time

If there’s one sport who produced legends and legacies, that would be football. These football players have contributed immensely to their respective clubs, and the entire league recognized them for their contributions and dedication.

Here are the football legends whose legacy is winning medals and trophies—the laurels that are solid proof of being the sport’s greatest of all time.

10) Xavi, 31 trophies

Xavi is a Spanish midfielder who played for Barcelona throughout most of his professional career. He won every title he could win. For instance, he collected four championship titles with Blaugrana. When he left Barcelona for Al Sadd, a Qatari football club, he went on to obtain three more titles. He also played with his national team and won the UEFA Euro and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

9) Kenny Dalglish, 31 trophies

Dalglish is one of the greatest British players in football history, playing for Celtic and Liverpool. He had a stellar career playing not just in the UK, but for European football as well. Dalglish is a proud owner of European Cups, Football League First Division titles and Premier Division titles. His last two titles he achieved as a player-manager.

8) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31 trophies

Although he has yet to play for the Premier League, Ibrahimovic has played in many leagues including Italy, France, England, Spain, and the Netherlands. He won on each of these leagues, earning not just the accolades, but also the fan base. 

7) Gerard Pique, 32 trophies

Pique has been winning titles consistently since he played with Manchester United. He continued the winning streak when he was with Barcelona. He is still actively playing football which means a higher chance of winning more titles.

6) Maxwell, 33 trophies

Maxwell does not always appear on lists of most celebrated football players, but he still managed to win titles because of playing for the right clubs at the right moment. He has Serie A, La Liga Barcelona, and Ligue 1 titles as well as a Champions League title. He works side by side with Ibrahimovic.

5) Andres Iniesta, 33 trophies

Iniesta performs very well as a midfielder. He was instrumental for all the successes that Barcelona achieved, along with Lionel Messi and Xavi. He left Barcelona as a legend. Today, he was playing for Vissel Kobe, a Japanese club, where he is expected to win more trophies.

4) Ryan Giggs, 34 trophies

Giggs is one of the most respected football players worldwide because of the immense talent he showcases every time he plays. It’s with Manchester United where he won most of his trophies which include 13 league titles and a FIFA Club World Cup. 

3) Lionel Messi, 35 trophies

Messi is the best football player ever winning all his trophies for Barcelona except one. He has an Olympic gold medal that he earned when playing for his national team, Argentina. Since he is still active, he may collect more trophies in the next seasons.

2) Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, 36 trophies

A Ukranian goalkeeper, Shovkovskiy stayed with Dynamo Kyiv throughout his professional career. This is where he earned all the titles and made his club the most important in his country.

1) Dani Alves, 42 trophies

Despite his age (36 years), Alves is showing no signs of slowing down. He has his best years with Barcelona where he won a total of 23 titles. He also played for the Brazilian national team.

 

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